James Dahl Indian

4.4
78 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Serving upscale Indian dishes from its sophisticated location inside The Arcadian on Digbeth’s Hurst Street, James Dahl Indian is a dining destination that will change the way you look at Indian cuisine. Utilising all-natural ingredients, seasonal produce and healthy cooking techniques, James Dahl Indian offers dishes that are light and fresh, a stark contrast to the usual heavy, albeit delicious, specialities we’ve come to associate with the Indian kitchen. Begin with starters like the James Special or the rushani pangas, Bangladesh fish fried with spices, garlic and onions. For your main course, we recommend the saag tikka special, garlic, spinach and marinated chicken all cooked up together in a medley of spices and seasonings, or the vegetarian mushroom bhaji. Despite a very recent opening (2016), James Dahl Restaurant is already a huge success, winning an accolade in the 'English Curry Awards', so be sure to book in advance to secure a table.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of Operation
Sunday - Thursday: 17:00 - 23:30
Friday - Saturday: 17:00 - 00:30
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Phone number
0121 692 1114
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Public Transit
Rail Station: Birmingham New Street, Birmingham Moor Street, Bus Bromsgrove Street
What 78 People Are Saying
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3.9
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RC
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

really first class food all 5 had something different and no complaints atall will def return when in town.

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n
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Now been several times. Exceptional food, not the run of the mill junk you get at a local restaurant. Authentic, well prepared and presented.

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CH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service , nice smart place and great food.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. Very happy to have found this place and will be back.

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MT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always,not my first visit.
Always found the staff and food to be above average.
Not your usual curry house

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j
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Lovely meal, good service a little put off by th colour of my chicken tikka masala - orange but tasted good
Pompadoms & chutneys lovely
A little more expensive than your usual indian

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RF
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without a doubt the finest Indian food I have ever eaten.

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DF
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been on a thirty year mission to find the perfect Chicken Tokka Massala (not all life goals must be lofty). Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to announce that James Dahl’s offering is the best I’ve had to date. Delightful service from polite and friendly staff. This was our first dining experience in Birmingham, having moved to the area only the week before. It’s set the bar pretty high as far as I’m concerned!

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OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice food will be going back 👍

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KH
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Visited Birmingham for the first time and we chose a restaurant near to our hotel. From arriving to leaving the night was fantastic with the food extremely delicious. Will be returning when visiting Birmingham again as really enjoyed everything from the service to the ambience

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visit to the Theatre.

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J
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Didn’t live up to its reviews. Onion bhagis under cooked and lacked flavour. Main course uninspiring. Flavour just so so. Service good, took our dripping wet brolleyon entering restaurant,menu card expensive looking. Perhaps directing priorities to taste of food would be best.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate late night after a visit to Glee Club and were delighted with our meal. Quick, friendly service and a good atmosphere. Food was delicious and well presented.

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FP
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went there with friends after reading reviews online. I love Indian food and always look for new gems around the world.
This is not one of them, the food was good, but not great. It was disappointing that they don't offer Raita, and when I asked I was offered some kind of mint sauce. But great wine list, good servers and nice decor.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The colours of the food are what caught my eye upon serving. The red of the tikka masala and bright yellow pilaf rice was so vibrant, and it tasted just as incredible as it looked. The loud atmosphere of other guests (not the restaurant’s fault!) is the only reason scored lower for ambiance. Service itself was great. Staff are smartly dressed, professional and paying attention to detail. Would go back again if I return to Birmingham.

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HN
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, lovely service. Highly recommend to all.

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T
London
10 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thought the food was great. Service good and ambience. Would definitely go again.

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Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the Food and the overall experience and shall certainly visit again next time we are in the area.

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Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went after the Panto. One of the best curry’s I’ve had 🤙🤙

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit and will return. Service and food excellent. Lovely location and modern and relaxing restaurant.

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Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely clean restaurant in the Chinese Quarter of Birmingham. Friendly waiters and the food was lovely. Only objection is they put a tip on the bill.

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S
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Felt slightly rushed was repeatedly asked if we were ready to order whilst still reading the menu.
Bill was wrong and charged for 4 starters when we had 2, was fixed quickly. There was a 12% service charge added.
Food was nice, the Jalfrezi was very tasty with a nice level of spice.

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KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent pre theatre meal taking Indian cuisine to another level. Very smart but friendly staff, quick service.

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R
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife took me for my Birthday and before we went to the Glee Club. The restaurant was very tasteful, well presented, the staff were very attentive without being too much and most importantly the food was fresh and extremely tasty.
Would certainly recommend if you are in town or before going to a show.

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n
London
8 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb and unique flavours.
Must try.

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YR
Warwickshire
4 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff & service, fabulous food, lovely ambience

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Good food very pricey, service was good but service charge was very expensive.

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AB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could probably say this was the best curry we have ever had. Cannot wait to go back.

The fish starter was amazing - cooked to perfection

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was very clean and staff where polite and welcoming. The meal was excellent with a more than adequate drinks list and I would certainly visit again when next in the city.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It's the second time we have been here and it did not disappoint. The food and the service are excellent. We asked for extra mint sauce and onion salad and it was provided without a complaint and at no extra charge.

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S
London
9 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service - second visit very good standard. Ambience very pleasant.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Good AVERAGE indian cuisine in a pleasantly decorated restaurant at a little above AVERAGE prices. Unsurprisingly little atmosphere on a quiet, wet Sunday night. Would like to try at a busier time but fear the food standard would be no better (nor worse)

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Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for my girlfriends birthday and was not disappointed, great looking restaurant and great food. Would definitely come again and I will be visiting again

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AS
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Indian ever!! Fantastic food and really nice restaurant and very clean.

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J
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a nice evening and the food was good. Just a tad expensive but ok.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal in this great restaurant. Friendly, attentive staff who give great service. Delicious food and a warm and friendly atmosphere.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Good service but that was about as good as it got. Starter plentiful but blandest sheer kebab I can remember tasting.
My main (Chicken Dupiaza) was average but my wife's meal was way too sweet. Cost was refunded when this was mentioned but enjoyment was already spoiled.
Only 2 items on dessert menu, not including the Kulfis we wanted.
No draft beer and bottles pricey.
The only time we go to the pub on the way home from a meal etc. is when we've been disappointed. This was one of those occasions I'm afraid.

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MM
Italy
19 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was nice not amazing. Lacked a little flavour. The restsurant needs a little more atmosphere. Service was very good thoughtout the evening.

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JC
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fresh salmon and king prawns great tasting food

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had booked this restaurant for my partner and I for our Valentines weekend on18.02.17.
He had booked the hotel and I had booked the restaurant. I know he's a fan on Indian food and wanted to try somewhere we both hadn't eaten previously.
I found this restaurant on Trip advisor where it stated a 4.5/5 star rating. This was near by (only 5 minutes in the taxi from the hotel) and believed it was suited to us both.

I booked the restaurant with special requests and within a day or so I had received a call to check allergies and preferences which I thought was very professional. The person was very polite on the phone and well mannered.

On the day of our valentines dinner we were greeted at the door immediately and shown to our table. I had forgotten that I had requested a table with a view however they remembered and gave us a window seat.
The waiter asked if we would like and appetisers and left us to decide our mains whilst he fetched them. Once finished the table was cleared and mains order was taken. I was indecisive about what to have but the waiter made a recommendation of Bengal Jalfa which was a medium heat chicken dish with mushrooms, green peppers and onions. This was perfect for me.

Overall I have given this restaurant a "Very good" rating. I was a little loud and smaller than I thought however the service, staff and night was wonderful for us.

Thank you and we shall be visiting again.

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